Libertarian Party picks Barr as presidential candidate


Libertarian Party picks Barr as presidential candidate


DENVER (AP) — The Libertarian Party on Sunday picked former Republican Rep. Bob Barr to be its presidential candidate after six rounds of balloting.

Barr beat research scientist Mary Ruwart, who also sought the party's presidential nomination unsuccessfully in 1983, on the final ballot. The vote was 324-276.

Barr endorsed Wayne Allyn Root, who was eliminated in the fifth round, to be his vice-presidential nominee.

Barr left the GOP in 2006 over what he called bloated spending and civil liberties intrusions by the Bush administration.

The former Georgia congressman said he's not in the race to be a spoiler.

"I'm a competitor and I'm in this to win. I do not view the role of the Libertarian Party to be a spoiler and I certainly have no intention of being a spoiler," Barr said.

Barr said he expects the party to be on the ballot in at least 48 states and perhaps all 50 if the party can qualify in West Virginia and Oklahoma. Barr said he also expects to be invited to the national political debates by qualifying with poll support of 15 percent or more of registered voters.

Sunday's election also marked the end of the latest chapter in the political career of Mike Gravel, a former senator from Alaska who recently dropped out of the Democratic presidential race.

"I just ended my political career," he said. "From 15 years old to now, my political career is over, and it's no big deal. I'm a writer, I'm a lecturer, I'm going to push the issues of freedom and liberty. I'm going to push those issues until the day I die."

Gravel left the Democratic Party after he was excluded from some Democratic debates because he failed to meet fundraising or polling thresholds. He said the Democratic Party no longer represented his values because it continues to sustain Iraq war, the military-industrial complex and imperialism.

I don't trust Bob Barr at

I don't trust Bob Barr at all. As I have been an opponent of the War on Drugs, I'm here to tell you that at least back in 2002, Barr was in favor of arresting and prosecuting people who were using marijuana even medically, under state law (in 11 states). Federal law trumps state law and Barr was in favor of the DEA raiding medical mj clinics. Not exactly the kind of "less government" policy you'd expect from a libertarian.

Barr's campaign manager is a

Barr's campaign manager is a very good friend of mine, of whom I am in consistent communication.

Barr can be trusted to oppose the Patriot Act, the Drug War, and the Wars in the Middle East, and to speak out on these issues frequently on the campaign trail.

Unfortunetely, my friend and Barr have not been very open minded about 9/11, even after many discussions. My friend remarks that many of his intelligent friends believe 9/11 was an inside job, but he still remains agnostic on the issue. Barr is an honest man, who would certainly get to the bottom of 9/11 if elected and would never approve a false flag attack.

My suggestion is to try to reach out to the Barr campaign as often as possible about 9/11. Despite Barr's name regonition, I wouldn't be suprised if Cythia McKinny and Chuck Baldwin got more votes that Barr in November, soley because of the 9/11 issue.

Please bare in mind that the biggest drawback to getting a candidate like Barr to embrace 9/11 Truth may not be whether our facts are true, but whether is would be a good campaign issue. I think the Barr campaign is very misinformed regarding the 9/11 Truth related scientific polling data.

Kevin Barrett has most of the best polling data archived on his website:

"9/11 Polls

Press TV/Zogby International Poll Results

74.1% of Libertarians are LIHOP

Zogby Poll: 51% of Americans Want Congress to Probe Bush/Cheney Regarding 9/11 Attacks; Over 30% Seek Immediate Impeachment

67% also fault 9/11 Commission for not investigating anomalous collapse of World Trade Center 7

A Wisconsin lawmaker says that a part-time UW instructor should be fired for his views that the U.S. government was behind 9/11. What do you think?

Americans Question Bush on 9/11 Intelligence

Third of Americans suspect 9-11 government conspiracy

Zogby Special Feature


Kevin Barrett, as the second most prominent Libertarian in the candidate in the nation this fall, will also try to put pressure on the Barr campaign regarding 9/11.